Hey! I'm Jen.
Thanks for stopping by.

I am a knitter, knitwear pattern designer, graphic designer, instructor and author. My blog, HeyJenRenee, is mostly about knitting, crafting, concerts, skateboarding and music. Hardcore, metal, punk ... I love it all.

Lovely Des Moines, Iowa is the place I call home, and that's where I knit and live with my awesomely wild and wonderful family. Clean, modern designs are my thing and I have a love and appreciation for simple knits that are easy to wear.

My designs have been published in Knit Simple Magazine, Noro Magazine, Knitsy Magazine and Rowan’s Online Publications and I have self-published knitwear patterns online since 2010. Originally trained in the arts, I draw my own patterns, illustrations and schematics and do my own graphic design work.

I have written and self-published six knitting books, Weekend, Everyday, Visions, Visions Kids, Luna and Chroma.

If you have any questions, have wholesale inquiries or just want to say hello, feel free to email me at or use the Contact form on this website.

I can’t wait to hear from you!


All photographs © Joelle Blanchard,
Joey Leaming and Geof Fischer 2015-2018